Isn’t it a shame babies have to grow up? They’re darling, cute, and cuddly. We can play with them all day. Or can we? The mood lasts so long, and then they do stuff like—cry.
I recently read an excerpt from Max Lucado’s “Just Like Jesus” entitled, “A Heart Like His.” Lucado said, “What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you? His priorities would be governing your actions. His love would be directing your behavior. Would people notice a change?”
What does this have to do with babies, crying, and growing up?
A still voice, which I recognize as God’s, spoke as I read and said, “If you don’t grow up, you can’t have a heart like Him.”
For a moment, I was shocked. I envisioned a cute, cuddly, squeaky baby. Then a thought flashed, who would care for the babies if there weren’t grownups?”
Aside from that, babies would miss a lot if they didn’t grow up. They wouldn’t learn to walk, talk, or learn a lot of interesting things.
In our innocence, we’re to be like babes. However, spiritually, Paul addressed the immature in 1 Corinthians 3:3. He said, “For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?”
Ouch, there are those words, unspiritual and unchanged.
Peter says we’re to “desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow.” (1 Peter 2:2)
The good news is we can grow. We can have a heart like His, if we change. When you want to teach a child, you get them to recognize the object in question. “Johnny, do you know what you did wrong?” God does that with us, if we let Him. When we recognize what needs change, He takes us to His word. If we apply it, it transforms us. We begin to grow up.
Babies can’t remain unchanged, and neither can we. They are “cute” for so long (and so are we), and then they (we) have to grow up.
Being grown up is better, don’t you think? Besides, grown ups can be just as cute.